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US and Israel to hold largest ever joint military exercise

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Israel and the US are set to hold their largest ever joint military exercise in October, featuring thousands of soldiers and advanced anti-missile defense systems, and simulating simultaneous fire from Iran and Syria.

News of the drill comes amid ongoing violence in Syria, and with Israel and the US closely discussing the means to thwart Iran’s nuclear drive. The commander of the 3rd Air Force, Lt.-Gen.Craig A. Franklin, on a recent visit to Israel, established a planning committee with representatives of the IDF to coordinate the details of the exercise, the Maariv Hebrew daily reported Monday. Some 3,000 US soldiers are to participate, alongside thousands of Israeli troops.

The drill will simulate missiles being fired at Israel from Iran and Syria simultaneously, with potentially tens, if not hundreds, of rockets mid-air at the same time. Israel will test its upgraded Arrow 2 defense system, while the US will deploy the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense System and PAC-3 Patriot air defense platforms.

According to Maariv, some military analysts have nicknamed the exercise a “dress rehearsal” for a potential military conflict, noting that it will send a clear message to Iran at a time during which the impact of international sanctions, or lack thereof, will be clearer.

News of the drill comes shortly after talks between world powers and Iran regarding Tehran’s nuclear program broke up without progress in Moscow.

Times of Israel

2 Comments on "US and Israel to hold largest ever joint military exercise"

  1. BillT on Wed, 27th Jun 2012 12:34 pm 

    Amazing how the Empire has money for “joint exercises’ all over the world but cannot pay it’s bills at home. The elite know the end is near and they are doing everything possible to distract the sheeple from seeing that all of their greed is taking down the greatest country on earth. WW3 anyone?

  2. Rick on Wed, 27th Jun 2012 4:09 pm 

    Can you say resource wars? Can you say the 1% profit from wars? I can certainly see an attack on Iran sometime after the elections. Rome is burning.

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